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Wishing YOU A Very Happy Hogmanay 2019 – 2020 — From A Bona Fide Greenock First-Footer.

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Happy New Year’s Eve Eve.

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Do you think there is a need for words? I don’t.

Just one thing. Have you thought about your 2019 Full-Year Resolution as yet? If not …


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“Legends In Concert” Tribute Performance — Excellent, Very Well Done.

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Went to this “Legends in Concert“, tribute performance at ‘Foxwoods‘ on New Year’s Eve (i.e., December 31, 2016) during our 5-day stay at ‘Mohegan Sun post-Christmas.

It was very slick. Very professional. Immaculately produced and the performers really put their hearts into it. We have seen quite a few tribute shows in our time and this was, indubitably, one of the best, if not the best. Yes, of course, you can’t get the same quality and level of production in Wolfeboro as you can at Foxwoods.

Paul McCartney was supposed to be in the lineup but it appears that he did not do any of the post-Christmas shows in Foxwoods. Appears he was called upon, by the management, to perform at another venue. Though that was disappointing, the rest of the cast sure made up for it.

In my opinion ‘Michael Jackson‘ was 20 lbs too heavy, but he did a really remarkable job. I am not that familiar with ‘Taylor Swift‘ but was told that the impersonator was way too tall! But, she was good.

The show wasn’t packed. But there was, however, a lot of other stuff going on.

Glad we went. Quite a nice way to build up to New Year’s Eve. Highly recommended.


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The Beatles “Magical History Tour” Exhibition At Foxwoods, CT — Impressive & Educational.

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We went to ‘Foxwoods‘ (just 25 minutes away) on the second day of our 5-day stay at ‘Mohegan Sun’ post-Christmas. The main goal was to check out the ‘new’ Indian Museum, but that was closed. So we got to explore the ‘resort’ earlier than we had hoped. We had stayed there a few years ago and wanted to see how it was no vis-à-vis Mohegan Sun. [Teischan and I had had gone to the buffet there in August during our trip to Mystic, but we hadn’t spent much time there because it was late.]

I saw the signs to this Beatles exhibition as soon as we left the parking garage. It looked interesting. I also was planning to get tickets for the ‘Legends in Concert‘, at Foxwoods, for New Year’s Eve while we were there. So we proceeded to the ‘Theater District’. There was no problem getting the tickets. And they had a combo deal that included the Beatles exhibition for something like $10/ticket extra. So that was a no brainer.

We went to the exhibition as soon as we got the tickets. It wasn’t crowded.

Very well done. Some amazing exhibits. Well presented. Very slick.

Though I am a great (lifelong) fan, I, alas, am not an expert on the Beatles. I was in Ceylon during their meteoric early days, e.g., 1964. Ceylon did not get TV till 1985 so I never got to see the beatles on TV during the 60s. So, there was a lot I did not know. Like the market for the hotel bedsheets, carpets and ashtrays when the Beatles visited the U.S.

The grey album cover, autographed, on John kissing Yoko was fascinating. It was the actual album that John had autographed for David Chapman — his assassin! They had found it at the murder site and had served as police evidence. You can see the police markings on it.

I could have spent much more time there. But, the kids wanted to check out the shops.

I was very impressed. Highly recommended. If you get a chance to see this exhibit, do NOT hesitate. It will be well worth paying $25 or $30. Very good.


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Have You Heard Of Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, “Father Of the U.S. Nuclear Navy”?

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No. I had never heard of him — but then again I am not an aficionado of any navy or for that matter armed forces in general.

I came across Admiral Hyman G. Rickover at the EXCELLENT “Submarine Force Library & Museum” in Groton, Connecticut — a few miles from Mystic during our stay at ‘Mohegan Sun‘ for the New Year.

The whole area around Mystic is famous for its submarines. That I knew.

Finding and visiting this Museum, which has the original nuclear-powered ‘Nautilus‘, SSN 571, was serendipitous.

On Saturday, December 31, 2016, New Year’s Eve, we were driving around Mystic taking in the sights when the sign to the museum caught my eye. I knew that they would, at a minimum, have a few submarines on display outside. I was not disappointed. PLUS, IT IS FREE. Our tax money at work — in the best possible way.

Great, WONDERFUL museum. Very well done. Kudos. Bravo. Yes, I will do a post on it — with more pictures.

I have been inside at least two submarines — at museums, of course. So, I am not a total stranger to submarines and what it is like to be inside one. So, for I, the MOST interesting this I learned at this museum was about Admiral Hyman G. Rickover. What a guy. Intriguing and inspirational.

Reminded me of General Leslie Groves & Robert Oppenheimer who together made the U.S. atomic bomb a reality. Exceptional men.

rickoverI ordered a book on Rickover that same day. I probably will get a couple more books. Folks like that truly inspire me.

Check him out. Wikipedia has a decent write-up. He is the only person who has ever been awarded two Congressional Gold Medals! Wow. 63-years of ACTIVE duty. They forced him to retire when he was 80. Wow. Wow. Wow.


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6 Sony a6000 Images Of The Day — December 31, 2016 (New Year’s Eve).

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Groton &  ‘Legends in Concert
at Foxwoods, both in Connecticut.

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My 2017 New Year’s Eve: Mohegan Sun, CT — It Was A Blast.

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Have A Great, Memorable New Year’s Eve: 2016 to 2017.

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Philadelphia: ‘One Liberty Observation Deck’ — A Well Worthwhile New Tourist Attraction.

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I discovered “Philly From The Top“, the “One Liberty Observation Deck“, when I was, in mid-December, checking online for New Year Eve’s options in Philadelphia given that we were going to be in Philly for 2016 New Year, after spending a couple of nights in New York City ahead of the Eve.

It struck me, at once, that this could be quite a neat venue for New Year’s Eve especially since there were going to be TWO firework shows in Philly, over the Delaware River (from Penn Landing), one at 6pm the other at midnight. I planned to see both as is my wont when it comes to New Year Eve’s fireworks — I go to as many as I can (Wolfeboro, NH, too having two fireworks until not that long ago). So my idea was to watch the 6pm from 883′ up, the 57th floor, and see the midnight ones from the riverfront. But I had visions that others too would have thought of this option and that it might be hard to time to be up on the deck at 6pm when the fireworks started.

I knew it was new BUT still pictured it in terms of the throngs to get to the top of the Empire State — having done that a few years ago. That is where I was wrong, dead wrong. I tried to call, but could only get voice-mail. Eventually I discovered that they suggested 75 minutes as how long it might take one to adequately enjoy the ‘view’. So I figured that if we got up to the top by 5pm we could stay till 6:15 and as such catch the 6pm fireworks.

My worries were for nowt. I booked timed 5pm ‘Reserved Admission‘ tickets. It wasn’t cheap with Devanee, at 15, considered an adult. It cost us $92 for the 4pm. I could have saved myself $20 by NOT bothering with the ‘Reserved Admission’! When we got there just before 5pm it was EMPTY and I mean EMPTY! Nobody in line. We just breezed through. That was good.

And ’empty’ really was the theme throughout. I don’t think there were more than 60 people MAX at any time. Many who were there as it got dark didn’t even know that there was to be fireworks at 6pm. There was another local family who like us had come for the fireworks. We hooked up with them and staked front-row space right by the glass. Not that we had to worry.

The staff were GLAD to have folks up there. As friendly as can be. Never interfered. That seems to be a trademark of Philly compared to New York City. Police and staff tend to be very low-profile.

It was fun. Different to see fireworks from above. Heard some of the sound, BUT not all. That was different.

GLAD we did it.

In time this deck will start to fill up with people and there will be lines. I am glad that we managed to enjoy the experience, New Year’s Eve to boot, before it was crowded.

Happy New Year.



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Beautifully Rendered Google Doodle For U.S. Zoologist Dian ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ Fossey’s 82nd Birth Anniversary.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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